The Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang has led a demonstration at Agogo in the Ashanti region to evict Fulani herdsmen from the area.
The demonstration was dubbed "operation kill any cattle seen on farmlands."
The youth in the area say the action is a last resort as traditional leaders of the area have failed to solve the age-long ‘Fulani menace’.
The nomads have been accused of perpetrating crimes including murder and rape besides the destruction of farm crops by their grazing cattle.
Residents of Agogo and surrounding communities have for years raised concerns about the activities of Fulanis and their cattle in the area.
Despite a court order in 2012 for the eviction of the Fulanis, the nomads are still around with no immediate sign of the conflict with residents abating.
There were times when women in Agogo and some other farming communities in the area hired male escorts in order for them to go to their farms, markets and other places.
An ‘Operation Cow Leg’, introduced by security forces in a renewed effort to curb the menace in January last year, has also not yielded results.
But in a press statement, the youth of the area have vowed to prevent chiefs from celebrating any festival until the Fulanis are evicted.
They accused some chiefs of exploiting the issue to their advantage. They have also urged all citizens of Agogo to disregard any announcement from the Agogo Traditional Council.
The youth have warned citizens of Agogo not to render any kind of services such as selling of food items, transport services to the Fulanis. They warned that anyone who does so shall be considered ‘an enemy of Agogo’ and shall be treated as such.
They added that they will continue with the ‘peaceful public campaign until the last Fulani and their cattle leave their land.’
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